2004 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
We are proud to offer the inaugural release of our Estate grown Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain AVA). The 2004 is packed full of ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit with complex notes of truffle, pipe tobacco, black walnut and minerals. It has wonderful purity of fruit showcasing the vineyard's terroir. It will drink beautifully for the next 20 years.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% New French Oak
Time in Barrel:
International Wine Cellar Review
"Bright, deep ruby-red. Aromas of black fruits and licorice. Sweet, dense and fat with fruit, but with plenty of energy and the structure and focus characteristic of Red Mountain cabernet. Not as lush or silky as the flagship cabernet but offers a lovely combination of sweetness and grip, and excellent balance. In a densely packed, more masculine black fruit style, particularly in the context of this vintage here. Finishes suave and long, with lovely sweetness to its tannins. A remarkable performance for young vines. This new wine is labeled with the original spelling of the family name."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, November/December, 2007
Wine Advocate Review
"The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon "Galitzine Vineyard" comes from the fourth leaf of this estate vineyard and is the first release of the wine, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a superb bouquet of pain grille, scorched earth, truffle, walnuts, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur which leaps from the glass. On the palate it is sweet and rich with layers of spicy black fruit flavors, terrific balance, and a 45+ second finish. It does not have quite the weight and depth of the flagship Cabernet but keep in mind that this is the product of a young vineyard only beginning to express its enormous potential."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, #172, August, 2007
Wine Enthusiast Magazine Review
"Quilceda Creek 2004 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain); $95. This is a spectacular effort. Cascading flavors of black cherry, plum and cassis are drenched in caramel, mocha and buttery barrell flavors. Although the wine lists at a hefty 14.9% alcohol, it does not sacrifice elegance, nor does it substitute power for polish. The rush of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and currant fruit, the layers of smoke and graphite, and the immense barrell flavors just keep on rolling through the palate. It will probably age quite well, but why wait?"
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2008 Buying Guide